Asia Fungal Working Group

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Title of Working Group

Asia Fungal Working Group

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Name(s) of Coordinator(s)

Arunaloke Chakrabarti (India), Tan Ban Hock (Singapore)

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Objectives

The Asia Fungal Working Group is committed to improving the understanding, diagnostics and management of invasive fungal infections in Asia and augmenting fungal surveillance data to support best practices in the region. Current members of the working group include dedicated mycologists and clinicians from Australia, China, India, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Experts from other countries in Asia are also expected to participate.

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Achievements of the Working Group in last year (250 words)

Medical Mycology Training Network (MMTN)
The MMTN is an annual educational series of workshops designed to provide mycologists and clinicians with the practical skills in laboratory-based diagnosis and clinical management of medical mycoses.

For the third year running, the MMTN has successfully trained more than 150 laboratory-based scientists, medical microbiologists and infectious disease specialists from more than 8 counties in Asia. Typical meeting content includes lectures and laboratory sessions covering the following aspects:

  • Identification, classification and histopathology of fungi
  • Molecular and rapid diagnostic techniques
  • Current thinking and approaches to fungal management
  • Antifungal agents, targets and mechanisms of resistance
  • Antifungal resistance trends, epidemiological cut-offs and clinical breakpoints
  • Clinical case forums
  • Expert panel on laboratory/radiology-clinical interface

The 3rd MMTN was successfully held on 5–6 November 2011 in Phuket, Thailand. Led by international experts and members of the Asia Fungal Working Group, this year’s meeting was another resounding success and attracted more than 40 participants from across the region.

Fungal Surveillance Program
The fungal surveillance program aims to advance the understanding and surveillance of fungal infections in Asia, providing valuable data to local practitioners to support the highest standards of care.

A laboratory-based retrospective surveillance study on fungal pathogen distribution in Asia is currently ongoing. The primary objective is to determine the epidemiology of fungal infections in Asia through a survey of fungi isolated from clinical specimens submitted to hospital laboratories from 1 July 1 2010 to 30 June 2011. A total of 26 study centers from China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand are involved. The results of this study were presented at the ISHAM Berlin Congress and a manuscript is in preparation for publication.

A prospective, observational Asian study to determine the rate of occurrence of invasive fungal disease and treatment outcomes in at-risk patients is being planned for 2012. Multiple hospitals across Asia will be invited to take part.

See attached newsletter.

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Is your Working Group going to continue for the next three years?

YES epidemiological and educational studies are continuing.  Our first newsletter has been published and a second is in production.

 

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